Hello fellow anglers,
Well this fall has been one for the record books regarding precipitation and temperatures. The crest of the sierra’s around the Mammoth lakes vicinity received more than 12 inches of rain in the month of October unfortunately it was too warm to snow by about 5 degrees but still the moisture was greatly needed to combat a very dry and hot summer and 5 yrs. of drought. Some areas set records for October rainfall or were near records from the Central Sierra to the northern Cascades. Some areas in Northern California and the Pacific Northwest have been taken off of the drought category do to all the precipitation in October but for Mammoth to Southern Californian we have a long way to go. It has also been an unusually warm fall for most of the western United States. Only in the last week have the temperatures started nearing normal for the west this might be said for most of the US. Climate Change ?????

On the fishing front, the general trout season has closed as of Nov 16th and will reopen on Saturday April 29th 2017. The good news is there are still fisheries open in the area providing year round opportunities The East Walker, the Upper Owens river above the Benton Crossing Bridge to the private property line, The Gorge, the Owens river above and below the Pleasant Valley reservoir.

The Thanksgiving week weather-wise looks to be unsettled with a chance of rain and snow about every 36 hours leading into the Thanksgiving weekend and beyond. The strength of these system’s remains uncertain so best to keep an eye on the weather. Currently HWYs 120 108 or 89 are closed and will most likely remain closed until next spring unless we get a prolong warm and dry spell but that looks unlikely right now. If in doubt call the Caltrans HWY information hotline (1800-Gas- Road) Make sure you carry chains and have a shovel and warm clothing if your headed to the high country.

Have a great Thanksgiving Holiday!

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November 21st, 2016 –
Conditions have improved on this fishery currently flowing at winter flows around 16 CFS. CADFW did electro shock the stream to compile data to make a determination on current fish populations and there finding confirmed most everyone’s knowledge that there are very few fish in the stream this fall. Historic population of around 12K fish per mile pre 2008 to around a 1k fish per mile currently. The good news was there were a fair number of juvenile Browns and Rainbow in the 3-6” range found in the sampling. After the data was compiled CADFW did supplement the stream with 6000 sub catchable fish both Browns and Rainbow capable of spawning when the reach maturity. Let’s hope we receive normal to above normal precipitations this winter so these fish have a good opportunity to grow and survive thus helping to revive this fishery back to its former self. A BIG THANK YOU to Kevin Petersen for his efforts in drawing the attention needed to get the biologist out to the fishery to assess the situation and to the volunteers that helped CADFW shuttle and plant these fish.

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November 21st, 2016 –
The road closed! Closed to fishing until April 29th. Look for the road to open just before 4th of July generally around the middle of June depending on snow pack. Late October rains pushed the flows over 200cfs so the fishery and stream may look little and fish a little differently next year when it reopens.
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November 21st, 2016 –

Crowley Lake Closed until April 29th 2017

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November 21st, 2016 –

Water levels are low and in the winter flow category currently holding at 26 cfs. CAF&W has recently supplemented the fishery in an effort to boost population densities. These fish are planted at sub-catchable size with a little luck this winter and a return to normal or above normal precipitation these little guys will survive the long winter and help bring the fishery back to its glory. The last 5 years of drought have taken a big toll on this once famous fishery. Large fish are still present but their density is far and few between. Fishing the Nevada stretch might be a better bet.

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November 21st, 2016 –

Crowley Tribs, Closed until April 29th 2017

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November 21st, 2016 –

Mammoth Lakes Basin (Nov 21 2016) Closed until April 29th 2017

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November 21st, 2016 –
Flows have stabilized at 72 cfs and are in the low winter flow category. Prefect for wading! Bug wise some mayflies around midday hatching a few caddis late if it’s warm along with plenty of midges this time of year. The wild brown trout are in the spawning mode. Their colors will be slightly darker and the yellow deep and rich. Remember the regulations change from the Pleasant Valley Dam to the wild trout sections consult the Ca Fish & Wildlife fishing regulations before wetting a line to void any issues. Target the areas below the riffles and the ledges and pools with the flows low the fish that aren’t spawning will be in those areas. The holiday period can be crowded down in the wild trout area the Lower Owens is a favorite this time of year as the weather can be perfect for winter fishing.

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November 21st, 2016 –
Section ABOVE Bridge to Private property: OPEN YEAR ROUND Under special regulations
Section below the Bridge to the Monument: Open
From the Monument to Crowley Lake: Open
The area below the Benton crossing bridge is closed until or after April 29th 2017. The section above the Benton Crossing Bridge to the private property line is open year round. Currently flows are low and clear with approximately 52 cfs above the Hot Creek tributaries to 68 cfs below the Hot Creek Tributaries. There are some Brown trout actively spawning and there is evidence of fish that have spawned and return to the lake already. Some larger fall and winter spawning Rainbows are present. The majority of larger fish are migratory fish coming out of Crowley Lake please handle these fish with care as these fish are producing the future generations of wild trout. Please avoid wading through the areas of bright gravel and depressions in the shallow riffles. This is where the wild fish spawn and lay their eggs. If you see them paired up please let them BE! Tactics for taking these migratory fish can vary from dead drifting nymphs, to swung or stripped streamers, and the occasional dry fly fish if the weather is warm and the bugs are present( Caddis/Mayflies). Be prepared for crowds as the social media will spread the word fast and if the weather is mild you might see lots of cars and people. Currently the fish are spread out and can move daily. Be courteous of your fellow angler respect and promote good angling etiquette.

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